It's true that Roy is my Uncle but prefers that I refer to him as a cousin.As for the headtax situation, all the 6 brothers indeed amassed some wealth as they were able to afford the $500 each and all arrived within 3 years.Roy says 1901 til about late 1903.
As for head honchos in the village--how does one go about determining who's who?We haven't any knowledge about if and when the brothers kept in touch with those back home in Wong Hong.
As for names--I have mostly the married names of the brothers and my great grandfather was Lee Gay Woon.I do know that Lee Tong, #4 did indeed return home and is rumoured to have gambled away the family fortune (that is the fortune acquired here in Gold Mountain).
If you could ask your cousin to inquire for me at Wong Hong, I'd be eternally grateful.Will you require some additional information on my family before he seeks out where in the village the archives on my ancestors may be located?
The raid happened between 1910-1930 and I am searching for records and writing letters to see if I can ascertain anything about that incident. Hope the RCMP has archives too.
I agree with you about the existence or lack thereof in regards to records post Revolution.I'll just keep my fingers crossed that we can locate something, and can visit the cemetary also while we are there.